Postdoctoral Fellow at Francis Crick Institute, London, UK

Postdoctoral Position in UK United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Fellow at Francis Crick: This is a full-time, fixed-term position on Crick terms and conditions of employment. The position is offered for 4 years but can be extended for a further 2 years (6 years in total). We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow interested in combining interdisciplinary approaches with the excellent tractability of the zebrafish heart to study a fundamental problem – how organ form and function emerge during development.

Designation: Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Area: The overarching goal of our lab is to study how functional organs are built to sustain life during embryonic development. This is a long-standing problem in biology with significant implications for tissue engineering and birth defects. We use the developing zebrafish heart as a model system, integrating tools from tissue mechanics, developmental genetics, transcriptomics, biophysics, and predictive theoretical modelling to dissect the morphogenesis of the heart in exceptional detail.

Location: Francis Crick Institute, London


  • Essential:
    • PhD in cell biology or developmental biology or in the final stages of PhD submission
    • Strong expertise in advanced confocal and/or light sheet imaging
    • Strong expertise in quantitative image analysis approaches
    • Excellent molecular biology skills
    • Strong interest and experience in using interdisciplinary approaches in their research program
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Track record of writing papers as evidenced by publications/preprints in the relevant field
    • Track record of using interdisciplinary approaches in their research
  • Desirable:
    • Good understanding of tissue morphogenesis/mechanics
    • Previous experience in using biophysical tools
    • Experience in zebrafish embryological techniques and zebrafish gene editing techniques

Job Description:

  • Lead their own projects and contribute to other projects on a collaborative basis (both in the lab and with external collaborators)
  • Provide specialist advice and share knowledge and expertise with the lab
  • Develop new tools and techniques
  • Guide and train PhD students and new lab members in their research
  • Actively contribute to a productive and positive lab atmosphere
  • Embody and demonstrate Crick’s core values – bold, imaginative, open, dynamic, and collegial

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit their application, including a cover letter detailing their interest in the lab’s research program and their relevant expertise, a CV, and contact information for at least two references.

Last Date for Apply: Please note the closing date for applications is 11th August. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. However, we may advertise again on a rolling basis after this date if the position has not been filled.



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